Dec 13, 2012 1:00pm PST
rice has been caught up in this drama over the benghazi conflict and the deaths of americans in the assault on the u.s. consulate there. while susan rice was not responsible for security of the consulate, she did go on sunday shows and talk about the u.s. response there and she has been accused of deliberately mischaracterizing what happened. all sides -- or the white house has adamantly insisted and she has insisted that she in no way deliberately mischaracterized what happened. she was reading from unclassified talking points and nonetheless this has been caught up in a back and forth and, wolf, if i may, i'm going to read from part of her statement, her letter to the president and what she wrote in part, i am now convinced that the confirmation process will be lengthy, disruptive, and costly to you and to our most pressing national and international priorities. that tradeoff is simply not worth it to our country. the secretary of state may never be politicized. she says, i look forward to building on progress in your second term which seems to leave the door open to the po
Dec 14, 2012 3:00am PST
with the loss of our four colleagues in benghazi and the state department, greet the families and the bodies, and she declined to do it. it wasn't what i had planned for that weekend originally, but i don't regret doing that, brian. i think when you're a diplomat and a public official and a tragedy happens and it is related to the work that you do, it's our obligation to try to explain it as best we can to the american people, and that's what i did. >> did you want the job? >> i would have been very honored to serve in that job, just as i'm delighted to do what i'm doing. but yes, sure. how can you not want to -- in my field -- serve at the highest possible level? >> i tell you what, hillary clinton, i'm sure she was tired. we all get tired. she works around the clock. but you know what she was doing. >> yeah. >> hillary, that's the political experience. you see it in the corporate world, the political world, the pros that have been around the block a few times. >> decline. >> they know when to step aside. and this is -- i've seen this happen in washington time and time again. i saw it on th
Dec 3, 2012 4:00pm PST
the weapons wegathered up. we saw what happened with benghazi. islamists are pouring into syria. you're right. we could have a real power vacuum. the question is you have to make a decision, where does this fit on your national interest and what sort of resources and risks are you willing to take. >> and in fact is the president backed into a corner? he says here's the red line and we see everybody marching to the red line are, puts him in kind of a tough position, doesn't it? >> yeah, look, syria is at the center of the middle east. if this thing is becomes a failed state with gases like saran, if al-qaeda like groups take it over, it will be a source of instability for the next serl decades. something has to be done now. you can't play around with this anymore. >> thank you, gentlemen. nice to have you with us this evening. >>> next, 29 days and counting for the fiscal cliff. john boehner offers up his own plan today. and the white house has already offered up their response. then later, a photo in the trayvon martin case has been released in color. we'll show it to you and a new heir to th
Dec 3, 2012 8:00pm PST
, the militia's haven't disarmed. we saw what happened with benghazi. al qaeda in iraq is very active there, you're right, we could have a real power vacuum. you have to make a decision, where does this fit on your national interests and what sort of resources and risks are you willing to take to have an effect. >> is the president backed into a corner, if he said, here's the red line, we see everyone marching to the red line, it puts them in a tough position, doesn't did? >> yeah, i mean, it's -- >> syria is the center of the middle east. if this thing becomes a failed state with gases like sarin, if al qaeda like groups take it over. it will be a source of instability for the next couple decades, something has to be done now. it's late. but this is -- you can't play around with this any more. >> bob baer and peter brooks, thank you. nice to have you with us this evening. >>> just 29 days and counting from the fiscal cliff, the speaker of the house john boehner offers up his own plan today. and the white house has already offered up their response. >>> a little later, a photo in the trayvon mar
Dec 13, 2012 11:00am PST
and the aftermath of the attacks on benghazi and libya that killed the ambassador there and several others. so she's come under fire because of the administration's response. we've seen many veteran senators very critical of her, including senators john mccain and lindsey graham. they will have much more on "the situation room" as this news is just coming out, what this means. let me get to the statement here, the statement from the white house. quote, i spoke to ambassador rice and accepted her decision to remove her name -- this is the president -- remove her name from consideration for secretary of state. it goes on. for two decades susan has proven to be an extraordinarily capable, patriotic, and passionate public servant. as my ambassador to the united nations, she plays a role in american's interest. she has secured international support in sanctions against korea and stood up for sudan and stood for the human rights of all people. it goes on to say that he's very grateful that she will continue to serve as ambassador to the united nations. it's been widely known that she has been the topic.
Dec 6, 2012 10:00am PST
that's been appointed to review what happened in benghazi, libya, on 9/11 of this year, he is on an advisory board at the state department and one at the cia. so clearly, this man has got important matters on his desk. how exposed could we be if the chinese have access to all of his writings? >> very exposed. and this is nothing new. if you take a look at a typical burglar and he wants to break into a yard and has this hardened lock on a fence that he cannot cut through, what is he going to do? he's going to cut the chain. we're not going to go after a facility that spends billions of our tax dollars on securing their networks. we're going to go after somebody who works outside, somebody who has access to internal resources. it's called a u-turn attack. what they do is they find that weak link such as a home computer or a personal computer belonging to a former admiral or cia agent, and they attack that. they get access to that, and then they use their vpn connection inbound to get access to the same resources he would have access to or she would have access to based on the
Dec 3, 2012 1:00pm PST
cannot nominate susan rice and not because of the benghazi scandal but because of her previous tenure at state where she doesn't have a good record and her u.n. record is not good. we don't have time to go through the particulars, but i think senator kerry would not only be the policy and political wiser choice. >> everything i've read about ambassador rice, she's imminently qualified for the job. >> you guys can continue this conversation at home right now. thanks to both of you for joining us. >>> the royal line of succession could soon be adding a new name. britain is buzz right now over the news the royal family is about to add another member. ll t in time for christmas? yeah, sure you can. great. where's your gift? uh... whew. [ male announcer ] break from the holiday stress. ship fedex express by december 22nd for christmas delivery. >>> catherine duchess of cambridge is pregnant. cnn's royal correspondent max foster is at the epicenter of the madness that's going on right now. the hospital where the duchess has been admitted with acute morning sickness. max, give us the latest.